The Cat From Hell

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Christine62

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In 1978, I was at a friends for the weekend--I was 16 and she had this book called Years Best Fantasy 1978. I only remember two stories in there one was a story by Woody Allen about a guy who is able to time travel into books. I loved Woody Allen and his story was quirky.
The other one was this story about this guy trying to kill a cat and the cat...well you know. I loved that story because it was creepy and had a very unique awesome ending--I never forgot it. Then a few months ago I was listening to a Stephen King talk where he mentions that he wrote a story about a cat who...well you know and I thought to myself--gee that's like story I read when I was sixteen--did he rip off that idea?
So getting back to listening to The Cat From Hell, It sounded more and more like the story I read back in 1978 and it got me wondering so I got online and fished around until I found it---the story I read in Years Best Fantasy 1978 was The Cat From Hell written by Stephen King. Funny how I can't remember any of the other stories in that book but I never forgot his. How can you forget a story like that when the cat actually...well, you know.
 

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In 1978, I was at a friends for the weekend--I was 16 and she had this book called Years Best Fantasy 1978. I only remember two stories in there one was a story by Woody Allen about a guy who is able to time travel into books. I loved Woody Allen and his story was quirky.
The other one was this story about this guy trying to kill a cat and the cat...well you know. I loved that story because it was creepy and had a very unique awesome ending--I never forgot it. Then a few months ago I was listening to a Stephen King talk where he mentions that he wrote a story about a cat who...well you know and I thought to myself--gee that's like story I read when I was sixteen--did he rip off that idea?
So getting back to listening to The Cat From Hell, It sounded more and more like the story I read back in 1978 and it got me wondering so I got online and fished around until I found it---the story I read in Years Best Fantasy 1978 was The Cat From Hell written by Stephen King. Funny how I can't remember any of the other stories in that book but I never forgot his. How can you forget a story like that when the cat actually...well, you know.
Having not read "The Cat from Hell" I will now have to go find out what the "well, you know" part means :very_confused:
 

Angelo Bottigliero

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Having not read "The Cat from Hell" I will now have to go find out what the "well, you know" part means :very_confused:
Read it, it's freaky awesome :) If I recall correctly, he wrote the first half of the story, and there was a contest for people to finish it. He could not quite recall how the winner ended it, but decided later to also write his own ending, which was 'The cat from Hell'
 

ThomasK

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The Cat from Hell is one of the creepiest Stephen King stories I've ever read. And the story segment in Tales From the Darkside: The Movie, is just as good. In my opinion, though, the ending of the written story is better.
 
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Owenk

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Not one of my favourite King stories. His superb strength is writing human characters and no characters really develop in this, but hey it's a short short story.
 
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